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Program of Meetings and Special Events

Our monthly Program meetings take place October through May, the first Tuesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) beginning with refreshments at 6:30pm at the Historical Society. Please note the earlier start time. These programs are open to the public.

Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Youth Night
Thursday, April 23, 7:00 - 8:00pm at Exeter Historical Society
47 Front Street, Exeter, NH

Photo Apr 14 9 57 31 PMThe Exeter Historical Society is hosting our ninth annual Youth Night, Thursday, April 23, 2015, featuring the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Winner. The event begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., provided by local Girl Scout Troop 22480. The event is generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.

Exeter High School principal James Tremblay will deliver the opening remarks. The winner of the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award, an eighth grade student at the Cooperative Middle School, will read his essay aloud during Youth Night, prior to the presentation of the awards. The event is being “emceed” by Phillips Exeter Academy student Katelyn Babcock who won the contest last year in the high school division. Exeter High School students of world history will present a few of their recently produced TED talks and a small group of Phillips Exeter Academy students will perform music for the event.


The award is named for Nancy Carnegie Merrill, esteemed citizen and Exeter town historian. Mrs. Merrill, a graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Exeter, NH, from her native Ohio in 1949 to be the school nurse for SAU16. Her nursing career ceased in 1952 when she married David D. Merrill. After her husband’s death in 1975, she earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Rhode Island and served as the reference librarian at the Exeter Public Library. Mrs. Merrill’s interest in local history, backed by her skill and patience as a researcher, has benefited readers of her many newspaper articles and of her important 1988 town history," Exeter, New Hampshire 1888-1988." During her career as a local historian, Mrs. Merrill was the director of collections at the Exeter Historical Society for 25 years, as well as serving on the New Hampshire American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, as a trustee of the New Hampshire Historical Society and historian of the Congregational Church. Mrs. Merrill retired from the society in 2000 and passed away in 2012. 


This program is generously sponsored by Service Credit Union. Service Credit Union is a full service financial institution, offering a wide range of financial products to its members. With 38 branch locations including two staffed 24/7 contact centers, and full internet banking services, Service Credit Union serves anyone who lives or works in New Hampshire (excluding Coos County), 4 towns in Cape Cod, MA., and all branches of the U.S. Military and Department of Defense employees and their families. With over $2 billion in assets, Service Credit Union has 21 branches in New Hampshire, one in Massachusetts, and 16 branches on U.S. military bases in Germany.

Wacky Songs that Made us Laugh

Exeter Historical Society's Annual Meeting

May 5, 2015, 7:00pm



The Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, followed by a program of popular songs with humorous lyrics which have kept us laughing since Colonial times. Laugh as you recall wacky moments from the past and discover new ones with Calvin Knickerbocker. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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